IT was a birthday weekend to remember for manager Brian Brown, with his Vale of Leven side winning 4-2 win against St Anthony’s on Saturday at Millburn Park.

Allan MacPherson got the home side off to an ideal start after four minutes, with youngster Antony Pilkington netting on 20 minutes.

Despite pressure from the visitors, it was the Vale who extended their lead, Pilkington grabbing his second after MacPherson hit the crossbar.

The Ants pulled one back via David Donnelly, but Brown’s team put the tie to bed on 90 minutes, David McNaught firing in Vale’s fourth.

Christopher Gordon grabbed a late consolation goal for the visitors deep into injury time.

And despite firing four past their opponents, Brown said there was room for improvement in their performance.

He said: “It’s good to get the first three points on the board, I’m happy with that, but it probably wasn’t our best performance in the last three or four games.

“We were 3-0 up it wasn’t going the way we wanted it to, they’ve set the standards and if it drops below that then they are going to hear about it.”

The manager reserved special praise for former Clydebank goalkeeper Robert Tiropoulos who pulled off a string of important saves for the hosts.

Brown added: “Big Robert had a really good game, Pilky [Antony Pilkington] has only just turned 18 so it was good for him to get a couple of goals, and Allan Macpherson set most of the goals up.”

Vale head to Gartcairn next, before another away trip to Royal Albert the following week.

And Brown said Vale need to get off to a good start if they are to have any intention of gaining promotion this year.

He said: “We just need to keep the momentum going.

“Historically the teams who seem to start off better generally go up so that was the main aim for us, to get as many points on the board as we can.”